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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Foundations of Education, M.A.


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Program Overview


This program is designed to provide an understanding of philosophical, historical and social foundations of education and draws from diverse disciplines, including philosophy, history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science and economics. This program attracts thoughtful individuals with diverse professional goals and interests who want a deeper understanding of education in modern society. Engaging students in an interpretive study of educational beliefs, practices, and arrangements, it includes courses in educational history and philosophy; multicultural and cross-cultural education; sociology of education; childhood, adolescence, and the family; and aesthetic education. The program satisfies New York state requirements for professional certification in the following areas: early childhood, childhood, and adolescence including English, social studies, foreign language, science, mathematics, music and fine arts.

Admission Requirements



Applications for admission to the Foundations of Education Program are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. A committee of full-time members of the Foundations of Education Program bases its decision to accept or reject a candidate on a comprehensive review of the following criteria:

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher may be accepted into the program on a probationary status if relevant considerations warrant such an exception.
  2. A recent writing sample.
  3. Statement of purpose for pursuing Foundation of Education studies.
  4. Interview with a faculty member in Foundations of Education.
  5. Initial certification in one of the content areas listed below for students seeking professional certification.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 33-36



I.  For students not seeking professional certification, the program of studies involves the following:

  • Foundations of Education: 15 s.h.
    Students must complete 15 s.h. of 200-level courses in Foundations of Education. The student may select any 200-level course offered under advisement.
  • Electives: 18 s.h.
    Electives may be chosen, under advisement, from Liberal Arts and Sciences, Foundations of Education, or other courses within the School of Education, Health and Human Services.

II.  For students who are seeking Professional certification in the content areas listed below, the program of studies involves the following:

  • Foundations of Education: 15 s.h.
    Students must complete a 15 s.h. of 200-level courses in Foundations of Education. The student may select any 200-level course offered under advisement.
  • Electives: 6 s.h.
    Students may select additional Foundations of Education courses or other courses from Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Education, Health and Human Services.

Content/Pedagogy Linkage - Semester Hours:12-15


Students who are seeking professional certification complete only the content-pedagogy linkage for the initial area of certification held.

A. Early Childhood - Semester Hours: 12


A minimum of 3 s.h. in each of the following three areas for a total of 12 s.h. (with advisement):   

Social Studies:


ISI 201   Cultural Diversity and Global Perspectives, 3 s.h. (New College for Interdisciplinary Studies course)

Mathematics, Science and Technology:


MATH 280T   Fundamentals of Pre-College Mathematics, 3 s.h.

C. English - Semester Hours: 12


  • SED 232        Curriculum and Instruction in English, 3 s.h.   

Select three (with advisement) from:

  • MAP 262       World Literature or equivalents in ENGL or LYST, 3 s.h.

E. Languages Other Than English - Semester Hours: 12


Complete only the requirements below for the target language of initial certification.

All target languages must take the following:

  • SED 233    Curriculum and Instruction in Foreign Languages, 3 s.h.   

 

1. French:


Select three courses (with advisement) from:

2. German:


Select three courses (with advisement) from the following:

  • GERM 221-226     Readings in Literature or Special Studies, 3 s.h. each

3. Russian:


Select three courses (with advisement) from the following:

  • RUS 221-226     Readings in Literature or Special Studies, 3 s.h. each

F. Mathematics - Semester Hours: 12


  • SED 234     Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics, 3 s.h.   

Select three courses (with advisement) from the following:

H. Science - Semester Hours: 12


  • SED 235     Curriculum and Instruction in Science, 3 s.h.   

Select three courses (with advisement) from the following:

  • Graduate Special Topics courses in BIO, CHEM, GEOL, and PHYS (with permission of the instructor and the graduate adviser).
  • GEOL 251     Readings I, 3 s.h.
  • GEOL 252     Readings II, 3 s.h.

I. Social Studies - Semester Hours: 12


  • SED 236     Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies, 3 s.h.   

Select three courses (with advisement) from the following:

  • ISI 201     Cultural Diversity and Global Perspectives, 3 s.h. (New College for Interdisciplinary Studies course)

Comprehensive Examination/Master’s Essay


In order to complete the Foundations of Education program, a student must either pass a comprehensive examination or write a master’s essay. If the student chooses the examination, faculty members create questions based on the student’s program of studies. The questions require the student to draw from ideas, theories, readings, and experiences from different courses. Though the examination is not intended to be research oriented, the faculty hopes it will provide students the occasion to arrive at new insights as they continue to think further about issues initially touched upon in their classes.

If students choose to write a master’s essay, they work with a full-time faculty member who has expertise in the topic of interest. From this collaborative relationship, the student and faculty member determine the parameters for the project. While the process is specific to the interests of the student, all individuals are expected to conduct an independent research project. The end product is intended to reflect the student’s enhanced knowledge and understanding of educational foundations issues in relation to a particular subject.

Graduation Requirements



Graduation from the program requires:

  1. Satisfaction of all outstanding course requirements according to the student’s individual program of study (33-36 s.h.).
  2. Completion of all course work with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination or a master’s essay (see FDED 301, 302).

Certification Requirements


Please contact the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services about other specific certification requirements.

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